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Aladdin Sane

David Bowie - Aladdin Sane
Critic Score
Based on 4 reviews
1973 Ratings: #16 / 100
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Based on 446 ratings
1973 Ratings: #15
April 13, 1973 / Release Date
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RakkSmells
88
Aladdin Sane takes what was great from the last few David Bowie records, adds some new jazz elements, goes all-out rock, and delivers... an album of bangers. The lyrical content isn't AS engaging as the past few albums but the sound rocks out. Who knew a chorus about... well... having sex with a prostitute... by David Bowie... would sound so badass?

You never know what you're going to get with this album. Either you get a softer and more fancy-sounding song like the title track Aladdin Sane, ... read more
amw100
84
A lad.
I N S A N E
KIDWITHGUNs
96
POWERHOUSE

Ok.. what the fuck is happening?
When the chorus on Cracked Actor was sung, I felt an ear-deafening smack across my face (no artist in existence could deliver that chorus the way he did, and still enchant the listener with such energy).

After regaining consciousness, I literally had to pause the album. Sit back. And realize the pattern...
David Bowie has single-handedly crafted album after album after album, each release being more ambitious and phenomenal than before. I swear to ... read more
TreyLikesBands
82
Great

Edit: It clicked lol.

Original score: 66, Decent

Y'all are gonna hate me, but I wasn't really feeling this album as much as his others, I really do love the choices he made on this album, with its experimentation and overall fun vibe, but I guess it just didn't click with me. I even listened to this album three times to make sure that I wasn't missing anything. Wish I could enjoy it more.

Color: Purple
FAV TRACKS: Cracked Actor, Drive-In Saturday, Aladdin Sane
LEAST FAV: The Jean Genie
JustSomeGuy
96
After releasing such an amazing album as Ziggy Stardust, it would be impossible to release something that could top that quality in less than a year. The likelihood of him making a follow-up to such an album and have it be BETTER than that masterpiece in only 10 months is so low that I really didn't expect too much from this. However, I can confidently say that this comes EXTREMELY close to the quality of Ziggy Stardust. It isn't quite as good as that release, but goddamn is it good!

Aladdin ... read more
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Track List

  1. Watch That Man
  2. Aladdin Sane (1913-1938-197?)
  3. Drive-In Saturday
  4. Panic in Detroit
  5. Cracked Actor
  6. Time
  7. The Prettiest Star
  8. Let's Spend the Night Together
  9. The Jean Genie
  10. Lady Grinning Soul 
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